Computer Systems, Service and Repairs

Malware Tip Of The Day – Safe Downloads

Malware Tip Of The Day ! July 2nd, 2014

Tip : Be CERTAIN to download programs from the maker of the program itself for three reasons…

1. Too many third party download websites are plastered with banner ads that try to trick you into downloading something else
2. They attach unwanted programs to the download itself.
3. You download the program from a website designed to provide you with Malware. The bad guys aim to be the first item in the search results when you search for popular programs.

Example : If you are looking to download Picasa to mange your photos, first find out who makes the program. In this case Google makes the program Picasa so only download the program directly from Google themselves.

Purpose: This will help keep your computer free of unwanted and dangerous applications. We all have seen it happen. You go to download a program and without paying close attention the next thing you know there are five other programs on your computer you did not want and have no idea if they are good or bad or what they are even doing there.

Malware Tip Of The Day – You are the Answer

Malware Tip Of The Day ! July 3rd, 2014

The single biggest factor in preventing a malware infection on your PC is you. You don’t need expert knowledge or special training. You just need vigilance to avoid downloading and installing anything you do not understand or trust, no matter how tempting, from the following sources:

From a website:

The internet is a dangerous place so try to stay away from sites offering commercial software serial numbers, keygens or other hacked material.

Download programs only from reputable websites that have confirmed the software is malware free.If you are unsure, leave the site and research the software you are being asked to install. If it is OK, you can always come back to site and install it. If it is not OK, you will avoid a malware headache.

From e-mail:

If you’re not familiar with the sender, do not open, download, or execute any files or email attachments. Some viruses replicate themselves and spread via email. Stay on the safe side and confirm that the attachment was sent from a trusted source before you open it.

From physical media:

Your friends, family, and associates may unknowingly give you a disc or flash drive with an infected file on it. Don’t blindly accept these files; scan them with security software. If you are still unsure, do not accept the files.

From a pop-up window:

Some pop-up windows or boxes will attempt to corner you into downloading software or accepting a free “system scan” of some type. Often these pop-ups will employ scare tactics to make you believe you need what they are offering in order to be safe. Close the pop-up without clicking anything inside it (including the X in the corner). Close the window via Windows Task Manager (press Ctrl-Alt-Delete).

From another piece of software:

Often, a software installer includes optional installs, such as a toolbar or other programs. Be very careful what you agree to install. Always opt for the custom installation and deselect anything that is not familiar, especially optional software that you never wanted to download and install in the first place. It goes without saying that you should not install software that you don’t trust.

From illegal file-sharing services:

You’re on your own if you enter this realm. There is little quality control in the world of illegal software, and it is easy for an attacker to name a piece of malware after a popular movie, album, or program to tempt you into downloading it.

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Malware Tip Of The Day – Website Popup Alerts

Website Popup Alerts – Web Popup alerts falsely tell the user that their machine is infected with a virus or has some other problem that needs to be fixed. The user will click on the alert and either be asked to install the software (really malware in disguise) that is purported to fix the problem or a “drive-by” download will be initiated.Do not click or engage with the popup window. In the example attached, do not click on the “Pause” or “Stop” buttons.
Close the window by either closing the browser completely or through the (x) in the upper right corner of the window.
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Malware Tip Of The Day – Media Players

Malware Tip Of The Day ! July 9, 2014

Media Players – A popular source of malware is a website media player download. When a user wants to play a video, the website will ask to install a video codec, convince you your player needs updating or some other required software. When the user installs the application, the malware is also installed and the video may or may not play.

No matter how enticing the video, only install media player software from trusted websites such as Apple.com, Microsoft.com, and Adobe.com, winamp.com, videolan.org